The kids have been good sports. Really…walking close to 20 miles since they have been in Rome, we decided to sleep in on Thursday. And we did….we prepared our kitchen with breakfast foods the night before so we made prosciutto, egg and cheese paninis for breakfast/lunch(there was a panini press in the flat) and headed out around 1pm. We walked to the Colosseum and the line was unforgiving….so we changed our itinerary a bit and started heading to the catacombs. The mood around the city wasn’t hugely different, but these posters were everywhere, saying a world of sorrow for the change that is forthcoming.
We walked to the catacombs. A one hour walk. Over 4 miles. Being a family of 5 has proven to be challenging in areas of small european taxis, hotel rooms, sitting in airplanes…being split up into 3 and 2…..we are a large family for european and traveling standards.
Finally….reaching the catacombs.
Cameras weren’t allowed inside. It was a slightly creepy experience. Cold, underground tombs, tunnels, earthy smells and quite damp. Our tour lady spoke broken english with an italian tongue so we really couldn’t understand very much. We learned that burials like these had to be outside the city, so that helped explain our LONG flipping walk to experience this. Now our long walk back.
So, we chose a different path on our walk home. Looking at your phone and the maps it seems like you are walking alongside a park, peaceful. But no, this turned out to be an experience that will forever haunt our nightmares. We walked at least 1 mile on a cobblestone highway of buses and fiats, bikes and vans, going too fast for cobblestones and mere inches from our elbows. We walked past a bus stop and polizi so we weren’t in the wrong, but weren’t walking with the masses either….SINGLE FILE WITH SOMETIMES NO BREAKDOWN LANE. We understood that the catacombs might be where we headed back to…..
Greg gave a pic from his collection…